Copyright © 2020 | Shelley L. Heusser

Shelley Heusser

Clinical Psychologist

BSocSc Psych. (UCT), BA. Hons Psych. (UCT), MA. Clin. Psych. (NMMU)

Practice No: 0445800  Reg No: 0112860

Depression

Depression   is   an   emotional   condition   that   can   vary   from   feeling   sad   to   feeling   suicidal.   The   degree,   intensity,   and duration differs from person to person. Life   is   filled   with   ups   and   downs.   All   of   us   at   some   point   in   our   lives   feel   upset   or   become   depressed.   Being depressed   is   often   a   normal,   healthy   reaction   to   a   painful   or   traumatic   event.   However,   if   the   feeling   lasts   more than   a   month,   or   is   of   such   a   nature   that   it   affects   your   ability   to   function   at   work,   with   the   family,   or   your   general well-being, professional help may be needed, Not every person will experience every symptom of depression. Common symptoms include: feelings of guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness, and helplessness constant fatigue and a decrease in energy disturbed sleep, insomnia, or sleeping too much feelings of sadness and weepiness without any apparent reason difficulty in concentrating, remembering, and making decisions feelings of rejection, loneliness, and isolation lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed fluctuations in weight loss of feelings of warmth and care towards oneself, friends, and family People at risk for depression include: those who have a family history of depression those who have suffered current losses or traumas, such as retrenchment, divorce, loss of a loved one those who have suffered abuse in their childhood those who are physically ill those who are abusing substances Psychotherapy   is   one   of   the   most   effective   treatments   for   depression.   Insight-oriented   therapy   for   depression   is designed   to   help   you   explore   the   full   range   of   your   emotions,   including   feelings   that   you   may   not   be   aware   of.      By making   the   unconscious   elements   of   your   life   a   part   of   your   present   experience,   psychotherapy   helps   you understand how your behaviour and mood are affected by unresolved issues and unconscious feelings. The   goal   therefore   of   psychodynamic   therapy   for   depression   is   not   to   solve   the   condition.   The   goal   is   instead   to make   your   life   easier   by   resolving   the   larger   symptoms.   This   is   done   through   improved   coping   techniques   or insight   gained   through   better   understanding   of   the   issues   at   hand.   The   belief   is   that   past   events   and   experiences unknowingly   shape   how   you   act   and   see   the   world.   Working   with   this   assertion,   I   will   seek   to   establish   a supportive   environment   in   the   hope   that   you   will   feel   safe   and   comfortable   within   our   relationship.   This   will   allow you to open up about your past experiences and present feelings.
Depression
Copyright © 2020 | Shelley L. Heusser

Shelley Heusser

Clinical Psychologist

BSocSc Psych. (UCT), BA. Hons Psych. (UCT), MA. Clin. Psych. (NMMU)

Practice No: 0445800  Reg No: 0112860

Depression

Depression

Depression is an emotional condition that can vary from feeling sad to feeling suicidal. The degree, intensity, and duration differs from person to person. Life is filled with ups and downs. All of us at some point in our lives feel upset or become depressed. Being depressed is often a normal, healthy reaction to a painful or traumatic event. However, if the feeling lasts more than a month, or is of such a nature that it affects your ability to function at work, with the family, or your general well-being, professional help may be needed, Not every person will experience every symptom of depression. Common symptoms include: feelings of guilt, hopelessness, worthlessness, and helplessness constant fatigue and a decrease in energy disturbed sleep, insomnia, or sleeping too much feelings of sadness and weepiness without any apparent reason difficulty in concentrating, remembering, and making decisions feelings of rejection, loneliness, and isolation lack of interest in activities previously enjoyed fluctuations in weight loss of feelings of warmth and care towards oneself, friends, and           family People at risk for depression include: those who have a family history of depression those who have suffered current losses or traumas, such as           retrenchment, divorce, loss of a loved one those who have suffered abuse in their childhood those who are physically ill those who are abusing substances Psychotherapy is one of the most effective treatments for depression. Insight-oriented therapy for depression is designed to help you explore the full range of your emotions, including feelings that you may not be aware of.  By making the unconscious elements of your life a part of your present experience, psychotherapy helps you understand how your behaviour and mood are affected by unresolved issues and unconscious feelings. The goal therefore of psychodynamic therapy for depression is not to solve the condition. The goal is instead to make your life easier by resolving the larger symptoms. This is done through improved coping techniques or insight gained through better understanding of the issues at hand. The belief is that past events and experiences unknowingly shape how you act and see the world. Working with this assertion, I will seek to establish a supportive environment in the hope that you will feel safe and comfortable within our relationship. This will allow you to open up about your past experiences and present feelings.